Here’s what was sold on the opening day of the Independent Art Fair, from fantastic anime paintings to figurative ceramics

The pent-up demand and enthusiasm of art collectors to buy was fully on display this week on the Independent art fair in New York, which returned to Spring Studios in Tribeca last fall after a one-off stint in midtown Manhattan.

The unofficial theme of the multi-storey presentation? Painting, painting, painting

Reflecting the current zeal for all things figurative and cartoonishly exaggerated, the dealers who set up shop chopped off everything from small works on stone to large-scale examples that had serious ‘wall strength’, as an auctioneer might put it.

At the sold-out booth for Berlin’s Peres Projects, where Paulo Salvador’s large paintings of animals and humans were displayed in unusual, often ambiguous poses against the backdrop of the day, Artnet News even heard a potential buyer begging to be added to its waiting list. the gallery.

“We saw confident acquisitions in every category, from historical material in the $100,000+ range to living artists priced at $80,000 and under,” Elizabeth Dee, who founded the exchange in 2010, told Artnet News.

Zoe Blue M., Kachi-Kachio (2022). Image courtesy of the artist and Page-NYC.

Page NYC’s must-have booth presented five large paintings by Zoé Blue M. depicting her signature naughty girls in fantastical, mythical scenes. All five photos sold before the opening for between $20,000 and $30,000 each.

Meanwhile, Jack Hanley presented works by painter Emma Kohlmann and ceramist Roger Herman, while Kasmin Gallery showed works by Vanessa German with long and whimsical descriptions of media. One work is made in part from “prayer beads in the shape of healing the broken heart, despair, flight, little blue book with the word LAZY on the front and also a little black dog on it.”

By the end of the day, the gallery had sold nine German works for prices ranging from $30,000 to $45,000.

Perhaps surprisingly, there was virtually no digital art on display, with the notable exception of the Athens-based Allouche Benias Gallery, which gave its booth – strategically located in a corner overlooking the street – to Artnet News columnist and artist Kenny Schachter, who filled the spaces with a cheeky installation.

vanessa german, Sometimes I think I’m you (2022). Image courtesy of the artist and Kasmin, New York.

Meanwhile, dealer Chris Sharp sold three of Altoon Sultan’s small-scale paintings, notable for their depictions of the industry, rendered in clean lines and a vibrant palette. Each work was priced at $14,000.

“We had a great day,” Sharp told Artnet News. “Not only were sales strong, but I also had many long (for fair) conversations with curators, institute directors and writers, who were generally delighted to discover the work of the 73-year-old Sultan. This fair definitely feels like a game-changer for her.”

Ulala Imai, Strangers (2021).  Image courtesy of the artist and Karma Gallery.

Ulala Imai, strangers (2021). Image courtesy of the artist and Karma Gallery.

The Karma Gallery was buzzing with a crowd of viewers admiring paintings by three artists: Andrew Cranston, Reggie Burrows Hodges, and Ulala Imai, each of whom had their own expertly installed wall display. Imai, who is inspired by family life and popular culture, even attracted artist Maurizio Cattelan, who was spotted looking at her work.

Another crowd favorite was the booth in front of White Columns, where red “sold” dots abounded just a few hours into preview day. Matthew Higgs, who runs the space, showcased paintings and related photo-based works by Ghanaian-American artist Lloyd Foster.

Installation view of Ruby Sky Stiler at Nicelle Beauchene at Independent.  Photo by Eileen Kinsella.

Installation view of Ruby Sky Stiler at Nicelle Beauchene at Independent. Photo by Eileen Kinsella.

At Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, another popular draw was a series of mixed-media works by Ruby Sky Stiler that evoke both dazzling op art and classical sculpture. Four sold for $25,000 each.

If the show is any indication, there’s little doubt that stock markets are poised to come back roaring. As art dealer Chris Sharp told Artnet News, the independent preview day was just “full.”

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